There's still some life left in Arrested Development. While promoting his latest film, In the Heart of the Sea, director Ron Howard — an executive producer on the series as well as its narrator — told Good Morning America that creator Mitch Hurwitz is working with writers on the new season, according to Deadline. Though episodes reportedly have been commissioned, getting the Bluths together could prove problematic.
"Netflix is behind it, 20th Century Fox is behind it," Howard added. "It's hopeful – what has happened is that the cast has become so freakin' in demand and busy. Everyone wants to do it. Fans want it."
The series originally aired on Fox, where it became a critical darling. After three years, the network pulled the plug, but Netflix revived the series after a seven year hiatus. In the interim, castmembers like Michael Cera, Jason Bateman and Will Arnett did indeed become "in demand." The fourth season accommodatesd their schedules by having individual episodes to focus on a smaller group of character based on the actor's availability.
Arrested Development may return in 2016.